Posts Tagged ‘destiny’

Waking the Wizard WIthin

January 2, 2012

In church yesterday, the minister offered an intriguing analogy that I hadn’t considered before. He used Harry Potter as an illustration of Self-relaization.

At the start of Harry’s story, he was living with a family that treated him poorly; his room was a small closet underneath the stairs. He felt alienated and alone. Life was miserable. Ah, but then Harry (more…)

My Friend Russ Is Alive Today Because of a Drunk Driver in WWII

November 8, 2011

In an earlier post, I explained how I wouldn’t be here today if not for the death of my great-grandfather’s wife. My good friend Russ Blixt has a similar story, which I am privileged to share below.

Russ Blixt

As a supply officer in WWII, my dad was provided with his own jeep and a driver. He oversaw twenty trucks that brought ammunition, food or gasoline to the front lines and brought back either wounded soldiers or prisoners of war.

In my early twenties, I accompanied my dad to one of his 305th Tank Battalion reunions, which was essentially a chance for them to sit around, get drunk and tell war stories. I cornered a couple of his buddies and asked, “What do you remember about my dad?” They said, “Oh, Klink?” I said, “What? His nickname is Klink?” They said, “Yeah, your old man was always carrying (more…)

Peace Will Be Your Faithful Friend

March 26, 2011

Give yourself fully to your destiny and you will discover within yourself an inexhaustible reservoir of strength, skills, and wisdom that steadily propels you toward each succeeding summit to be conquered.

It usually happens that the more faithfully a person follows the inspirations he receives, the more does he experience new inspirations which ask increasingly more of him.
Joseph de Guibert

Stride forward in confidence, knowing that success is assured, for you (more…)

Grow As You Go

March 25, 2011

When you pursue your destiny and do what you are called to do, you will feel a deep and abiding sense of gratitude for the opportunity to serve the world as only you can.

To be obsessed with some vision and to have the continuous opportunity of working towards that vision can be looked upon as God’s greatest gift to anyone.
Henry Moore

Much may be asked of you. Do not worry that you are not up to the task. All that is expected is (more…)

Step Forward in Faith

March 24, 2011

Your destiny is rooted in everyday moments. Every thought, every choice, every act influences your life’s work and shapes and defines your legacy.

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.
Dag Hammarskjold

Your ultimate destiny and your ultimate destination are (more…)

Two Phone Calls Lead to a Life Lived With Reckless Abandon

March 16, 2011

While researching a magazine article I was writing, I found myself talking to Scott Clemente, the president of St. Louis Park, Minnesota-based Mulberrys Garment Care. Scott had a great story about how disappointment can actually steer you toward your destiny. When he lost his job, he momentarily lost hope . . . until his dad uttered two words that sent Scott’s life spiraling off in an exciting new direction. I interviewed Scott and wrote up his story. I trust you’ll find it as inspiring and uplifting as I did.

Scott Clemente

In August 2001, I was twenty-six and working in an investment bank in London. I wanted to make a career move so I accepted a job at a private equity firm, also in London. Before beginning my new job, I took a month off to travel. While I was in Italy, September 11 happened. A week after that, I was sitting in a cafe in Bologna when I got a call from my new boss to be. He informed me that (more…)

The World Needs You At Your Best

March 15, 2011

You can only ignore destiny’s call for so long. If you have tarried, pull yourself away from your diversions, gather your strength, and step back on your path. Begin today. The world needs you at your best.

Alas for those who never sing and die with all their music in them.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

As long as you have breath, you have the (more…)

Your Job Is to Say Yes, Not How

March 12, 2011

Dreams do not come with how-to instructions. They are, however, laden with the seeds of their own fulfillment.

Your job is to say yes, not how. Once you say yes, the universe takes care of the how.
Caroline Myss

Embrace your destiny and your every action will be instantly supported by the divine force that guides and governs all creation.

There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then (more…)

Throw All the Paint You Can

March 1, 2011

Have your fears prevented you from stepping into all you are capable of becoming? As destiny’s call grows more urgent, and the yearning to live your dreams threatens to consume you, once-paralyzing objections and obstacles lose their power over you.

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de La Fontaine

Reclaim your spirit and celebrate your liberation from conformity. Cast your (more…)

What Is Beating at the Doors of Your Soul?

February 26, 2011

Shrink from your calling, your destiny, and you not only deprive yourself, you deprive the world of the contributions you came here to make. Keep life’s call at bay and you will never be able to tap into the full majesty of your true nature.

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
Horace Mann

With so much at stake, life (more…)

You Were Born With Wings!

February 22, 2011

There are those who intuitively grasp their life’s purpose but turn away from it for any number of reasons—family obligations, low self-esteem, the desire for stability.

A smooth life is not a victorious life.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Yes, there are many sensible, logical, and valid reasons why resisting change is a good idea. Write them all down. Then (more…)

It Is Not the Critic Who Counts

February 21, 2011

When pursuing your life’s calling, the reasons why others say you should not do something are often precisely the reasons why you should.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Only you can detect and decipher the (more…)

Music From Afar Is Coming to My Ears

February 20, 2011

The more ardently you throw yourself into your life’s work, the more effortless the work becomes. As your mastery deepens, so too does your understanding of the role you came here to play, the work you came here to do, and the urgency of your mission.

Travelers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set. During these brief days that you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings.

Your destiny takes root in your mind, body, and soul, and you methodically (more…)

Why Were You Not Zusya?

February 19, 2011

Do not make the mistake of comparing your life’s work with anyone else’s. With gratitude and humility, do what you can with the talent you have, knowing that all destinies are equal in God’s eyes.

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry van Dyke

Your skills were designed to perfectly correspond with your circumstances and yours alone.

In the world to come, I shall not be asked, “Why were you (more…)

Your Heart Dreams of Spring

February 18, 2011

What kind of life do you envision for yourself? Where there are dreams, there is hope. Where there is hope, there is the recognition that there is something worth hoping for.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Kahlil Gibran

Whatever is worth dreaming of and hoping for is worth working toward. Destiny demands that the (more…)

Take Aim for the Farthest Reaches of the Sky!

February 17, 2011

Do you have a vision of your life’s work? Nurture it. Become one with it. Know that every dream, no matter how insignificant it may sound to others, is a sacred agreement between you and God.

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Your destiny is nothing more than the organic unfolding of (more…)